State: Dalia Dippolito violated bail terms with 20/20 interview

Prosecutor Craig Williams questions Dalia Dippolito as she testifies in a pretrial hearing Tuesday, February 23, 2016.     (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Prosecutor Craig Williams questions Dalia Dippolito as she testifies in a pretrial hearing Tuesday, February 23, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

What in December was an exclusive interview with a national television news show could send Dalia Dippolito back to jail as she awaits a May retrial on charges that she tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

Prosecutors Monday asked Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley to revoke Dippolito’s $25,000 pre-trial bail, saying her Dec. 4 interview with ABC’s 20/20 was a violation of the terms of her release.

After an appeals court overturned Dippolito’s 2011 conviction and 20-year prison sentence on charges she hired a paid killed in an ultimately unsuccessful hit attempt on her then-husband Michael, Kelley allowed her to remain free on the house arrest conditions that were part of her appellate bond.

Under the terms of her release, Assistant State Attorney Craig Williams wrote, Dippolito was only supposed to travel to the offices of her Miami attorney Mark Eiglarsh “to meet with her attorneys to prepare for trial.”

The television interview taped at Eiglarsh’s Miami offices, Williams said, had nothing to do with her preparation for trial.

“The Defendant clearly knew about the filming of the 20/20 television program in advance of one of her four trips to Miami and chose to defy this Honorable Court’s Order and to travel to Miami without your permission or the knowledge of her PBSO Deputy supervising her In House arrest,” Williams wrote.

Kelley on Tuesday had yet to set a hearing on the matter.

But both Eiglarsh and Dippolito’s California attorney Brian Claypool are expected to appear before Kelley later this month for a hearing where the judge could decide to remove Claypool from Dippolito’s case because of comments Claypool made at a press conference after a recent failed motion to get Dippolito’s charges thrown out.